The Kansas Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a sting in Barton County last Saturday to ascertain whether minors are being carded to prevent sales of alcohol. Out of the 14 businesses tested, four of them sold alcohol to an underage buyer.
In addition to spring, Barton County Solid Waste Manager Mark Witt said household hazardous waste collection season is almost upon us.
This winter has been a pricey one for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department, Director Dale Phillips said in a report to the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The room was filled with a few hundred passionate rural leaders eager to solve problems and create initiatives to improve the lives of rural residents. Enthusiasm hung in the air.
Crime Stoppers has released more information on the shots fires Monday morning outside the Walnut Plaza apartments, 2611 27th St.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - With the deadline fast approaching to get health coverage this year through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace plans, a final push is on across Kansas, Missouri and other states to get people signed up.
TOPEKA – Although a modest change, the Kansas unemployment rate ticked downward in January, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week. The KDOL update also noted that the state should start to see some job growth.
A mass mailing to City of Great Bend residential utility customers informing them about efforts to solve the algae problem at Veterans Memorial Lake has yet to go out, but city officials said plans are still in the works.
STAFFORD - Arson is suspected as the probable cause of a fire that destroyed the vacant Stafford High School building, owned by a Texan.
After large chucks of brick and mortar tumbled off the back of the old opera house building at 2103 Forest late last year, a time line for either the preservation or demolition of the historic structure has officially been set.
The United States Department of Transportation Monday afternoon issued the order selecting Portland, Ore.,-based Seaport Airlines to provide commercial air service to the Great Bend Municipal Airport, Airport Manager Martin Miller said.
Shots were fired Monday morning outside the Walnut Plaza apartments, the Great Bend Police Department reports. No one was injured, but property was damaged.
Through a partnership with the healthy community initiative Be Well Barton County and the Golden Belt Community Foundation, Barton County will install bicycle awareness signs on rural blacktops, the County Commission decided Monday morning.
James Haffner, a Hoxie artist, wasn't exactly seeking to become a glassblower. But thanks to the help of master artists and teachers at the University of California at San Diego's craft center, Haffner is not only making a name for himself, he's giving back in a big way. From now through March 23, his work can be viewed at The Deines Cultural Center's exhibit, "Veteran Arts: Custom Glassblowing by James Haffner".
The suicide of a family member leaves a lasting legacy that lingers on for remaining family members. But Sharon Engle, whose grandson Robert Shewbart committed suicide, has a message of hope.
The first-degree murder trial for Jeffrey Wade Chapman that was scheduled to start next Monday has been postponed. It is now schedule to start Aug. 18 in Barton County District Court. A pre-trial hearing is set for May 9.
The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference wants to take Great Bend out to the old ball game next Wednesday, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night.
The death of Barton County Commissioner Don Cates in a spray plane crash Tuesday afternoon left some questions as to how to fill his seat on the governing body, questions that occupied much of the day Wednesday for Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
BARTON COUNTY - The Kansas Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a second sting for 2014 on April 11 and while the results have improved from the first sting, more needs to be done.
Visitors to Great Bend this coming weekend will find a more clean and tidy city thanks to the efforts of Great Bend High School students. They donned bright chartreuse shirts Wednesday morning and hit the streets of the city on a mission to give back to the community. By the time the school day was done, walls were painted, gardens and landscaping tidied, storm windows installed, studies completed and lots of cleaning done.
Crime Stoppers is hoping someone can provide more information about the death of Rhiannon M. Young, who died in what was described as a hit-and-run accident last October in Great Bend.
Camp Hope, a camp for children with cancer, will remain in Barton County this year in spite of a fire that wiped out the dining hall of the intended camp site.
Those who attend one of the "Planetarium Reboot" programs that start Thursday at Barton Community College will also get a look at the new entrance to the Science & Math Building. That $50,000 project included adding new doors that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and remodeling the vestibule. The Planetarium is located in Room 101 of the Science Building, which is on the northeast corner of the campus.
GARFIELD - Barton County Commissioner Don Cates, a decorated military hero, died tragically doing what he loved - flying.
High school artists from around the state will have a chance to experience the life of a professional artist when their work is featured and judged in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Vortex High School Art Exhibit."
HOISINGTON - A cross-curricular study aimed at teaching history, English, speech, character qualities, technology and collaborative work, Hoisington High School juniors each studied a Medal of Honor recipient, stirring feelings of patriotism and admiration for American heroes.
At its March 17 meeting, the Great Bend City Council gave the owners of the old, crumbling opera house at 2103 Forest until April 21 to hire a contractor to fix the historic structure or raze it.
Plans for holding Earth Day 2014 switched to high gear following Mayor Mike Allison's proclamation encouraging residents from Great Bend and nearby communities to celebrate Earth Day 2014 on Sunday at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. This event is from noon to 4 p.m. and free to all. Food will be sold during the afternoon.
TOPEKA – Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday.
The last time ambulance fees for Great Bend Emergency Medical Services were adjusted was in 2009. Much has happened since then and Fire Chief Mike Napolitano told the City Council Monday night a change was in order.